Southern Garden History Society regularly publishes events held by nonprofits and organizations that are of interest to our members. These events include symposiums, lectures and tours that provide participants with a greater appreciation of garden history and restoration.

Requests for listings in our events calendar should be sent to Peggy Cornett, Magnolia editor.






April 7-12 and April 21-26, 2019

Excavation and Landscape Restoration Expeditions: “Unearthing Madison’s Landscape”
James Madison’s Montpelier
Montpelier Station, VA

This unique Archaeology Excavation Expedition will combine the archaeology excavation and landscape restoration of the Madison landscape. This is a week-long hands-on volunteer and educational experience where you work side-by-side with professional archaeologists excavating original tree plantings and landscape features in the Madison’s Pine Alley, and uncovering the different features and artifacts that have been buried for more than two centuries. Participants will also work with Montpelier horticultural team in planting trees in the Grove where archaeologists located 1810s plantings to the south of the main house. You will learn how archaeologists and horticulturalists work together to use archaeological, historical, and botanical information to interpret the visual landscape, and participate in the replanting of trees to restore the historic Madison retirement-era landscape. More information, or e-mail or call (540) 672-2728 x161


April 25, 2019

“Garden Artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement”
Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, AL

A lecture by Judith Tankard at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Proceeds benefit the Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden.
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April 26-28, 2019

Southern Garden History Society Annual Meeting
Birmingham, AL

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April 26-28, 2019

“Garden Design: Trends & Traditions”
Colonial Williamsburg 73rd Annual Garden Symposium
Williamsburg, VA

This symposium focuses on mixing tried-and-true traditions with new trends to great effect in a variety of gardens. Notable speakers include: Vincent Simeone (Planting Fields Arboretum), Ellen Ecker Ogden (food and garden writer), John Forti (Bedrock Gardens, NH), and Lee Reich (author), among others.
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June 17-21, 2019

“Thrive Together, Diversity Grows Gardens”
American Public Gardens Association Conference
Washington, DC

From the U.S. National Arboretum, to the “outdoor museums” of the Smithsonian, the pristine garden rooms at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and the United States Botanic Garden, one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, the 2019 host gardens will inspire and spark dynamic exchanges that celebrate diversity of thought, experience, and contributions through horticultural practices and public engagement.
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June 23-28, 2019

“Preserving Jefferson’s Gardens and Landscapes”
23rd Annual Historic Landscape Institute
Charlottesville,  VA

This one-week course uses Monticello’s gardens and landscapes and the University of Virginia as outdoor classrooms to study historic landscape preservation. Lectures, workshops, field trips, and practical working experiences introduce students to the fields of landscape history, garden restoration, and historical horticulture.
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September 20-21, 2019

13th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival
Charlottesville, VA

Celebrate the agricultural and epicurean legacy of Thomas Jefferson with workshops, lectures, and tomato tastings and family-friendly activities. Featuring the 2019 honorary chairs: chef, author, and food activist Alice Waters and Corby Kummer, senior editor and food columnist, The Atlantic. Speakers include Peter Hatch, Michael Twitty, Ira Wallace, and many more.
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